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The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GRE­GORY STRONG

Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer and Car­los Car­rasco threw seven shutout in­nings as the Cleve­land In­di­ans blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-0, Tues­day night.

Gomes hit a first-pitch shot off Toronto re­liever Aaron Loup in the eighth in­ning to put the game out of reach. The for­mer Blue Jay had two of Cleve­land’s seven hits.

Car­rasco gave up three hits, didn’t walk a bat­ter and struck out seven. An­drew Miller and Nick Goody com­pleted the four-hit shutout. The teams play the rub­ber match of the three-game se­ries Wed­nes­day night.

Cleve­land (18-14) scored twice in the sec­ond in­ning off Blue Jays starter Mike Bolsinger, who made his reg­u­lar-sea­son de­but af­ter a call-up from triple-A Buf­falo ear­lier in the day.

Bolsinger (0-1) turned in a re­spectable ef­fort over 5 2/3 in­nings but was no match for Car­rasco (4-2), who didn’t al­low a Toronto run­ner to reach sec­ond base un­til his fi­nal frame.

Bolsinger walked the first two bat­ters in the sec­ond and both scored. Ed­win En­car­na­cion came home on a Lon­nie Chisen­hall dou­ble and Ramirez scored when Yandy Diaz hit into a fielder’s choice.

Car­rasco gave up a sin­gle to Eze­quiel Car­rera in the first in­ning, a sin­gle to Dar­win Bar­ney in the third and a slump-bust­ing sin­gle to Jose Bautista — who ended an 0for-21 skid — in the sev­enth.

The In­di­ans threat­ened in the sixth in­ning when En­car­na­cion reached on a walk and moved to third on Chisen­hall’s two-out dou­ble. Re­liever Do­minic Leone came on and re­tired Diaz on a fly out to keep it a two-run game.

Bases on balls proved costly for Toronto (12-21) again in the sev­enth in­ning. Leone was pulled af­ter is­su­ing a one­out walk to Gomes. J.P. How­ell re­lieved him and walked San­tana be­fore giv­ing up a ground-rule RBI dou­ble to Fran­cisco Lin­dor.

Af­ter a Jason Kip­nis pop-out, Jason Grilli fanned En­car­na­cion for the third out.

In the bot­tom half, Bautista stole sec­ond af­ter his one-out sin­gle. Car­rasco re­sponded by get­ting pinch-hit­ter Steve Pearce on a fly out and Justin Smoak on a strike­out. Pearce re­placed Kendrys Mo­rales, who left with left ham­string tight­ness.

Loup hit Bran­don Guyer with a pitch in the eighth in­ning be­fore giv­ing up a sin­gle to Abra­ham Al­monte. Gomes then belted his sec­ond homer of the sea­son. Bolsinger struck out four and al­lowed three hits, two earned runs and four walks. NOTES: For the sec­ond straight night, En­car­na­cion re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore his first at­bat . ... Blue Jays man­ager John Gib­bons said right-han­der Aaron Sanchez threw 60 pitches Tues­day as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a fin­ger in­jury. He could re­turn to the lineup for a Sun­day start . ... Toronto short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki (ham­string) might play in re­hab games this week­end, Gib­bons said. ... Bolsinger was 1-1 with a 1.46 earned-run av­er­age over four ap­pear­ances at triple-A Buf­falo . ... The Blue Jays des­ig­nated righthander Neil Ramirez for as­sign­ment be­fore the game . ... Toronto left-han­der Fran­cisco Liri­ano (2-2, 4.44) is sched­uled to start the se­ries fi­nale Wed­nes­day night against right-han­der Danny Salazar (2-3, 4.28).

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Cleve­land In­di­ans sec­ond base­man Jason Kip­nis turns a dou­ble play af­ter putting out the Blue Jays’ Eze­quiel Car­rera on a ball hit by Jose Bautista in the first in­ning Tues­day night at Rogers Cen­tre in Toronto.

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